Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in January 2023
January 13, 2023
“Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration”: Chelsea One World One Family.
Jan. 9–21. Two weeks of community service activities. Various locations; for info see owofchelsea.org or email OWOFChelsea@gmail.com after Jan. 2. Free. 748–3564.
“Kinder Concert”: AADL Downtown.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra musicians lead kids ages 2–5 (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments. 10–10:30 & 11–11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200, aadl.org.
“Remembering the Dream”: EMU MLK Celebration.
Jan. 13–16. A celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. features performances, academic presentations, and more. Keynote address (date, time, and place TBA) by ER physician Sampson Davis, author of the New York Times bestseller Living and Dying in Brick City: Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City ER. Davis speaks about his experiences and his promotion of healthier communities. Times and locations of events TBA; go to emich.edu/mlk for details. Livestream available.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Every Mon.–Fri. & Jan. 17. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood & Pittsfield), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate), and Jan. 17, 7-7:30 p.m. (Westgate).
Rise and Shine Exercise: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
Every Mon & Fri., Jan. 9- Mar. 31. Free (except as noted) in person weekly activities. Check meeting status before coming. 9-10 a.m., Pittsfield Township Senior Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Rd.. Free. recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov. 822–2120.
Crafting Social Hour: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
Every Fri., Jan. 9- Mar. 31. Free (except as noted) in person weekly activities. Check meeting status before coming. 10-11:30 a.m., Pittsfield Township Senior Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Rd. Free. recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov. 822–2120.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Every Tues.–Sun., except Jan. 1. All age 6 & up invited into the museum’s Nature Lab and Micro Worlds Lab to use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. Schedule subject to change. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Coffee & Conversation: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Every Wed. & Fri., Jan. 9- Mar. 31. Free (except as noted) in person weekly activities. Check meeting status before coming. 8:30-10 a.m. (Wed.) & 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Fri.), Pittsfield Township Senior Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Rd.. Free. recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov. 822–2120.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime’s numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome. Noon–12:30 p.m. (Fri. & Wed.) & 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Tai Chi (Mon., Wed., & Fri. noon-12:30 p.m.) via Zoom.
“Midday Morsel Drop-In Tour”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
30-minute docent-led tour of ancient Mediterranean artifacts in the museum’s collection. 12:30 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State (meet at the Maynard St. entrance). Free. 764–9304.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.
Walking Group (Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:30–1 p.m.) via Zoom.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Tues. & Fri.) or a 499er game for players with no more than 499 ACBL master points (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
“Deer Trailing: Early Release Day”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
Kids in grades K–12 invited to follow the trails of whitetail deer through the woods with the help of a township naturalist. Wear boots with traction. 2–3:30 p.m., Pittsfield Preserve West, 6201 Michigan Ave. $7 (Pittsfield residents; nonresidents $12). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or 822–2120.
“Historically Black Phrases: Musings on The Black Church’s Influence on Black Language & Popular Culture”: U-M Linguistics Department Martin Luther King Jr. Colloquium.
Talk by L.A.-based journalist & USC journalism professor jarrett hill. 4–5:30, 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 294–9850.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All age 16+ invited to play Dungeons and Dragons role-playing games. 5–8 p.m. (Mon. & Tues.), 6–8 p.m. (Thurs.), & 6–10 p.m. (Fri.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. Preregistration recommended. email@example.com, 929–5877.
"Head, Hands and Heart" Art Show Opening: Ann Arbor Senior Center
Join us and renowned local artist Elena Townsend-Efimova (http://talkingcolors.com/) to celebrate the opening of her incredible exhibit featuring her exquisite, intricate mosaics and vibrant watercolor paintings. Meet and hear from Elena firsthand about her techniques and artist process. Refreshments served. Elena's work will be on display the evening of Jan. 13-March 30 and may be viewed Monday-Friday between scheduled programming. Click here to be directed to our calendar to find a time to enjoy the exhibit. 6-8 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. For more information please call 734.794.6250.
Family Shabbat: Jewish Cultural Society.
All invited for a dinner from a local restaurant, preceded by a brief secular Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, challah and wine rituals. Children welcome. 6:30–8 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow. $10 (family, $25; members, free). Preregistration required at JewishCulturalSociety.org. 975–9872.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Mon.–Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Mon. 6:30–10 p.m.: Power Cards, $10. Tues. 6–9 p.m.: MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels, $5. Wed. 5–8 p.m.: Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game, free. Fri. 6:30–10 p.m.: Magic rotating draft, cost varies. Sat. noon–3 p.m.: Intro to Magic: The Gathering, free. Sat. 6–10 p.m.: Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players, free. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
“Creatures of the Night”: Open Hours for Adults”: The Creature Conservancy.
Presentation and display for ages 18 & up about the hairy armadillo, boa constrictor, opossum, and sloth, with a free flight of Egyptian fruit bats at the end of the evening. 7–9 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $25 in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org. 929–9324.
“F*ck New Year’s Resolutions”: Booksweet Bookshop.
Fullwell Facilitation consulting company founder Reese Havlatka leads an exercise in saying “F*ck no!” to New Year’s resolutions and “F*ck yes!” to self-acceptance and meaningful growth. Ticket includes a workbook. 7-8 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Mask policy follows CDC guidelines. $5–15 sliding scale. Register at bit.ly/no-resolutions1-13-23. Shopbooksweet.com.
Ann Arbor Kirtan.
All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, bass, sarangi, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai tea. 7 p.m., Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Free; donations accepted. 665–0849.
U-M Women’s Gymnastics vs. Denver/Fisk.
The U-M team opens its 2023 regular season home schedule after winning its 26th Big Ten title last season. Also this month, a match vs. Ohio State (Jan. 28, 4 p.m.). 7 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices $1 and up at mGOblue.com/tickets. 764–0247.
Alex Kumin: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Jan. 12–14. A NYC-based comic by way of Chicago, Kumin covers the challenges of being a woman and other social issues with considerable wit and what Chicago magazine calls “unapologetic honesty.” She has appeared on Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring and NBC Universal’s Breakout Festival. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 ($15 Thurs.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $22 ($17 Thurs.) general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.
Jan. 12–15. Cassie Mann directs local actors in Simon Stephens’ Olivier- and Tony-winning 2013 drama, adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel, that centers on a mystery surrounding the murder of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by a 15-year-old boy on the autism spectrum. The Evening Standard called it “a beautiful and dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.” 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $24 (seniors, $22; students, $15), available at a2ct.org. 971–2228, email@example.com.
Michigan Theater. Film screenings every Wed.–Sun. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
Jan. 13: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Jim Sharman, 1975). Musical comedy cult classic that spawned a long tradition of participatory midnight showings. With a live “shadow cast” of members of the U-M Leather Medusas theater troupe, who act out the action onstage beneath the screen. Wear your fishnet stockings, but consult the list on michtheater.org of things you cannot bring. 9:30 p.m.